Infertility Specialist - Atlanta
Chad A. Johnson, PhD, HCLD
CHAD A. JOHNSON, PHD, HCLD, infertility specialist in Atlanta, is the Director of Reproductive Laboratory Services for Atlanta Center for Reproductive Medicine, and a founding partner of the practice. His successful career involvement in clinical in vitro fertilization has spanned over 20 years.
Dr. Johnson completed his undergraduate coursework in Animal Sciences at University of Delaware. He subsequently headed south to attend Louisiana State University for his Master's degree in Animal Sciences. His studies included a special focus on reproductive physiology under the direction of Robert A. Godke, PhD, a prominent professor with an extensive research background in reproductive physiology and embryo biology. Following his studies at LSU, Dr. Johnson earned his PhD in Animal Physiology from Clemson University in South Carolina, with a concentration in reproductive physiology. Dr. Johnson is certified by the American Board of Bioanalysis as a High Complexity Laboratory Director.
Dr. Johnson has served as a reviewer for the Journal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics and received an appointment on the abstract committee for the Reproductive Biology Professional Interest Group (RBPIG) of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM). He served on the nominating committee for the RBPIG for three years, the third of which he served as chairman. As an embryologist in Atlanta, GA, Dr. Johnson has also been on faculty for several ASRM post-graduate courses. In addition, he has served on both the planning committee and bylaws committee for the American Association of Tissue Banks (AATB). Other professional memberships include the College of Reproductive Biology and the American Association of Bioanalysts.
When working as an infertility embryologist in collaboration with the Cincinnati Zoo, Dr. Johnson assisted in the birth of the first kittens conceived utilizing specialized reproductive technology. He was also an integral part of the team of scientists responsible for the birth of the first in vitro fertilization gorilla baby. In addition to clinical IVF, Dr. Johnson is currently conducting research in several areas of cryopreservation. In 2001 Atlanta Center for Reproductive Medicine received a substantial research grant to aid in oocyte freezing clinical trials. To date, this research has contributed significantly to the study of egg freezing. In addition to publishing in both animal and human journals, he has also co-authored two book chapters covering assisted fertilization and quality assurance in laboratories.
Dr. Johnson maintains a special focus in the care of each patient's embryos. He takes special care to ensure that he and his team of embryologists communicate clearly and thoroughly to patients regarding their embryos.
Dr. Johnson and his wife Donna have four children. He enjoys several sports and family trips to the mountains and the beach.